- My husband always sings Blinded By the Light by Manfred Mann's Earth Band as “Blinded by the light, revved up like a DOUCHE, another runner in the night.” When really it’s “Blinded by the light, revved up like a DEUCE, another runner in the night.” (from Kim).
- Instead of "pour some sugar on me," I thought it was "pour some shook up ramen." I was young. We ate ramen noodles a lot at our house (from Heather).
- Dookie? Did she just say dookie? What a fall from cuteness my curly haired newly potty trained daughter has had. Every time she passes gas, "Dookie!" Wait...what? Cueme? Did you just say: "Cuse Me, Ooooh you mean excuse me?" Oh well, that's awesome, never mind (from K).
- When I was a kid, we had a tape (yes, cassette!) of Roger Whittaker's All-Time Heart-Touching Favorites, one of which was "Red Roses For a Blue Lady." Not only did I think he was singing about a woman who was *literally* blue, but I heard him sing "and if they do the trick / I'll hurry back to pick / your best wide-open forger wedding gown." I had no idea what "forger" might mean but I pictured a dress with a deep v-neck down to the waist. Turns out he was singing "your best white orchid for her wedding gown."(from E).
Monday, April 5, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
- I have always thought the lyrics to "She'll be Coming Round the M" were, "she'll be riding 65 horses when she comes." I was very surprised to find out it was "she'll be driving 6 white horses when she comes." I guess it would be hard to ride 65 horses (from Rian)!
- When the Goo Goo Dolls released "Name," I had just gotten into birdwatching, so naturally I heard "And now I call them puffins / I never knew their name," rather than "And now we're grown-up orphans who never knew their name." I sang this for years, always thinking that the Goo Goo Dolls were so cool for giving puffins a shout-out in their lyrics (from Ellen).
- My college friend and I had 2 dogs, who were best friends as she and I were. One day she said she couldn't go for a hike with the dogs because she had to get Shasta "dick-tipped" -- she meant to say Tick Dipped (from Andrea).
Friday, March 26, 2010
- When I was four or five my favorite song was 'Hit Me With your Best Shot' because my name is Beth and I thought the song was 'Hit Me with your Beth's Shot'. I thought everyone was really into seeing how strong I was (from Beth).
- My favorite misheard lyric came from years ago. I was a nanny for a 4 year old girl, and on the way to and from activities we would listen to the radio. One day, as she was in her playroom coloring, I heard her singing "Love Shack" by the B-52's. As I listened more closely I heard her singing "Mouth shut! Baby, Mouth shut!" (from Kristen).
- My two favorites were "Strained pepperoni all night long" (for Aerosmith's "Train Kept A-Rollin"), and "You live your life like a canary in a coma" for the Police's "Canary in a Coal Mine." (from Kara).
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- Just this weekend, a friend on Facebook posted this lyric from Men At Work's Land Down Under "He was six-foot-four and full of muscles / I said, "Do you speak-a my language?" / He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich." For all these years, I thought they were singing "He just smiled and gave me a bite of my sandwich." I always figured the big guy stole the narrator's sandwich but gave him back a bite (from Holly).
- I sing "donuts make my brown eyes blue" all the time (from Aunt Misfit).
- My four year old niece thought "my bonnie lies over the ocean" was "my body lies over the ocean." When I corrected her, she said, "That doesn't even make sense. What's a bonnie?" (from Once a Mother).
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
- In a discussion...it was discovered that all these years, I thought Billy Ocean has been singing "Caribou Queen"...I had no idea (from Heather).
- My favorite mondegreen is one The Hubs misheard. "That's what a goat is cool for" as opposed to the actual lyric "That's what I go to school for" from the song of the same name by Busted (from Lynn).
- I have always enjoyed singing "Too Hard to Handle" by the Black Crows. I was belting it out the other day in the car with my hubby, when he died laughing and asked me what I just said. I was happily singing "Hey little thing, let me light your candle cause mama I'm sure the handy man gets around. Awww, The handyman!" (from Kristin)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
- In the huge corporate complex I used to work in, bands would play at lunch in the summer. There was a swing band playing one day, and when my boss came in from listening, she said, "OH, Angie, you missed a great band today. They played the Drunk Driving song." I was sort of horrified. And she began singing, "Drunk drivin' with a whale." And I said, "With a whale? You mean, jump jive an' wail?" "Yeah, that song. The Gap song. Whatever." Because you know, songs about drunk driving with a marine mammal make a whole hell of a lot of sense (from Angie).
- My friend was surprised to find out the band's name is "Hall and Oates", and not "Haulin' Oats." (from Kim).
- ZZ TOP, "Sharp Dressed Man"--yea, Ive always thought they said, "Shy cat play." (from JJ).
Monday, March 22, 2010
- When I first heard Paula Abdul's song, "Opposites Attract," for some reason I thought she was singing "Opposite Subtract." Cuz like... the opposite of subtracting would be adding, and umm... you can add one person to another and make a couple? I have no idea (from Kitty).
- The other was misheard by a friend of mine - she thought Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young" was "Only the good Tyrone." It's fun to rock out to either way (from Kitty).
- For a long time I thought the lyrics to Toto's song went like this: "I was born in the land of the sun and the talking grass..." instead of "and the tall green grass". Blimey when I found out my mistake (and it sort of ruined the imagination I had of the "talking grass," which I thought was magical)! (from Amel).
- I thought the song "Voices Carry" by Til Tuesday went: Oh Josh, keep it down now, it's so scary. I assumed it was about a woman singing to a man named Josh. And they were involved in some sort of horror-inducing situation. I did not learn the real words to this song until I married a man named Josh and he was horrified when I sang it to him, thinking I was suave that I had found a song with his name in it. I wasn't (from Mel).